Paul McKenna, the British television hypnotist, has won a libel action over claims by the Daily Mirror newspaper that he bought a fake doctorate.

Paul McKenna, the British television hypnotist, has won a libel action over claims by the Daily Mirror newspaper that he bought a fake doctorate. 2

This morning’s ruling decided the newspaper was guilty of libel but left the level of damages awarded to Mr McKenna to be set at a further hearing in October.

Mr McKenna, whose self-help business has an annual turnover of £2.5 million, accused the newspaper of turning him into a “laughing stock” after printing articles accusing him of buying a degree from an American university.

He said that he was “pilloried” by Daily Mirror journalist Victor Lewis-Smith from 1997 onwards and was devastated by another mention of his “bogus degree” from La Salle University, Louisiana, in an October 2003 article in The Mirror.

In it, Mr Lewis-Smith, wrote: “I discovered that anyone could be fully doctored by La Salle within months (no previous qualifications needed), just so long as they could answer the following question correctly: do you have $2,615?”.

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